7 Things you need to know before stepping out during coronavirus outbreak
With the outbreak of coronavirus and rapid increase in the number of cases everyday, it has become extremely important to follow protective measures to avoid getting infected and diagnosed with COVID-19 as well as slowing down the spread among the people around.
WHO has released some infection prevention and control guidelines that need to be followed by people, With stakes of many lives at risk, the coronavirus pandemic can either be stopped by following personal protective guidelines or access to vaccines.
The vaccine is expected to be out by end of 2020 or mid 2021, which takes us back to follow preventive measures while going out. Since the strain of coronavirus is contagious and easily transmitted by those who are asymptomatic, it is important to stay alert and cautious
1. Wear the Personal Protective Equipments (PPE)
It is important to have all the protective equipment to avoid the spread of coronavirus. It is equally important to disinfect these equipment. Suggestive equipments for personal protection are – Safety Gloves, Surgical masks/ cloth masks, Glasses for eye protection and clothes that cover up maximum skin exposure. These equipments help avoid the risk of being infected as well as spreading of infection by a diagnosed patient.
2. Try digital payments
Although one can sanitize their currency notes, it is better to make use of digital payments as viruses tend to survive over currency notes and coins and can be easily transmitted with the exchange of it. To avoid such risk, using a digital payment facility as much as possible is recommended.
Use digital payments instead of physical currency notes or coins to avoid transmission of virus
3. Carry a pocket sanitizer while going out
It is suggested not to touch any object while being out. But to avoid any risk and as a safety measure, it is recommended to carry a pocket hand sanitizer which can be used in case of accidental human contact or touching any object.
Carry pocket hand sanitizer while going outside
4. Practice social distancing
Coronavirus requires some medium such as sputum or saliva to transmit. It is important to practice social distancing as the virus can be easily transmitted if the diagnosed person coughs or sneezes closer and directly. Avoid shaking hands or any kind of physical contact as the skin may contain viruses that can be transmitted by touch.
Maintain social distancing when out in public
5. Only shop essentials; don’t hoard
In order to minimise the spread of coronavirus, it is essential to make sure that there is minimum human interactions and shopping trips. To limit the exposure, get out only in an emergency situation or when necessary.
Buy products only as per the requirement and don’t panic shop
6. Use knees, knuckles, feet and elbows instead of finger tips
If you are pressing the button in the lift or typing pincode in any digital screen, use your knuckles or elbow instead of fingertips. Since the screen and lifts are used by many people throughout the day, the surfaces of these devices and gadgets can be infected or contaminated with coronavirus
7. Clean your hands every time you leave and return back to home
Cleaning hands with soap or sanitizers makes sure that the hands are disinfected. Along with social distancing, washing your hands thoroughly is one of your best defenses against acquiring coronavirus. Give your hands a thorough scrub each time you get back. 20 seconds is the going recommendation, which may seem like ages, but if you wash slowly, it’s easy to do.
Wash your hands regularly throughout the day to reduce the chances of coronavirus infection
Just like working united can help us fight the pandemic, Earth5R’s Global Sustainability Hub also believes that if all stakeholders work united towards sustainability, threats from climate change can be thwarted.
Earth5R has initiated an online training, with a mission to create awareness, responsiveness and self sustainability among people. The training provides action based guidelines for dealing with the outbreak, protecting and creating immunity to fight against infection and slowing down the spread of coronavirus. The training is conducted in different languages to increase its penetration and effectiveness among the locals
Earth5R has been approached by the CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) department of many companies and governments as well. Since the coronavirus pandemic is a global issue, many authorities in companies and governments have shown interest in our training programme.
We are also looking out to contact investors who can help us scale this training on a larger level. We are also looking to partner with WHO to scale up this training at a global level.
Any organisation, officials or interested people, who would like to contribute to this programme can reach out to Earth5R via email or call/ whatsapp us at +91 9920045587
Earth5R’s Global Sustainability Hub is a cross-sector and cross-country collaboration in pursuit of UN Sustainable Development Goals. It is an excellent opportunity for governments and the private sector to engage with communities, use Sustainability-based models to drive economic change and create social and environmental impact. The project brings experts and experiences of multiple sectors together which drives collective learning. Under this project, we work with policymakers, scientists, entrepreneurs and various other types of leaders and take them to grass root levels to understand ground realities for better decisions, policy-making, and innovations.
-Written by Anu Chaudhari